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Bowman's world final dream dashed by engine failure

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Kieran Bowman's bid to win the the two-litre banger World final was dashed by engine failure on Saturday night.

Monsoon rain made conditions made life tricky at the Adrian Flux Arena and the odds on Bowman claiming the title had shortened considerably after he was given an advantageous grid draw.

West Norfolk driver Kieran Bowman. (2411695)
West Norfolk driver Kieran Bowman. (2411695)

The West Norfolk driver took the lead in the early stages of the Tyre Bay/King’s Abbey Taxis-sponsored race, but his hopes of victory evaporated when his engine cried off in the conditions and he was forced to retire.

It was left to Lee Clarke to successfully defend the title he won last season and, in doing s,o became the first driver in the event’s 30-year history to successfully defend the title.

Swaffham’s Ashley Garrod was the best local finisher in the big race, coming home in fifth place.

Garrod backed this up with a fine fourth-place finish in one of the All Comers races.

Harry Cobb was in action in the junior bangers and recorded a fourth place in his opening heat before the terrible conditions got the better of him in the subsequent races.

Lewis Ivatt registered a heat and final double in the junior bangers while Kent’s Tom Keep had the same amount of success in the 1300 stock cars.

The fact that the event even took place was testament to the determination of the race officials and drivers and race teams who battled on in the horrendous conditions.

The two-litre stock cars contested their National Championship at Cowdenbeath, in Scotland, over the weekend and two West Norfolk representatives made the trip up to take part.

The weekend started off well for both Lee Sampson and Willie Skoyles when both recorded a heat win on the Saturday night. Sampson went on to finish in fourth place in the National Championship, which was won by local favourite Graeme Shevill.

Sampson also got on the podium in the Ray Gunn Memorial race with a fine third-place finish.

Stock car and banger racing returns to Lynn on Saturday, June 16 (5.30pm) when the annual 1500cc banger East Anglian teams, two-litre stock cars and 1300 stock cars are all in action.

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